Monday, November 30, 2009
They are quite ripe but if you taste one raw, unbelievably sour. They smell quite nice, a bit like grapes. I pricked them with a pin, yes one by one but it's quick in fact.
Then I half filled an empty gin bottle with them, a few tablespoons of sugar and a couple of walnuts for extra flavour (read that somewhere, see if it works).
After that, the gin and give it a good shake. It has been in the cupboard for about 4 weeks now - should I taste it yet???
So now I have two huge heaps of manure. (apologies for the crap, pardon the pun, photos, just the telephone camera).
I pulled out the dead summer plants, the courgettes, tomatoes, aubergines, peppers and it looked immediately 100% better. The old bean stalks etc are now covered with a tonne of crap so that takes care of them. Where I had pulled up the plants, everything was nice and dug over so I spread quite a lot of manure over that.
So left to be done in December, keep tidying up here and there, plant the garlic (where the toms were so the earth there will be pretty rich, it was manured in the spring, hopefully that will mean a good garlic harvest), and keep shovelling shit! I am usually stirring shit, so this will be a new experience ;-)
Friday, November 13, 2009
gosh how neglected this is getting
I have hardly anything growing just now, except a few red cabbages, parsnips and some rainbow chard plus some leeks. The garden will get a good rest this winter.
What are the goals for the next season?
- Well I was pleased with the allium and potato harvests so I will again go full throttle on those.
- I have decided to build a seedling box so I can do my cabbage and salad seedlings straight in the garden which hopefully will produce better hardier baby plants.
- I want another rhubarb plant and another artichoke. Don't know where they will go yet, I fear that the whole top part will be filled with perennials eventually. But that is good, less to maintain.
- I want to succeed in growing carrots. the others do it, and so can I. I just have to persist.
- No broad beans, more peas.
- Sow beans successively. I CAN DO IT!
- More pumpkins - note to self, build up a manure pile for that.
- Start to replace some of the strawberry plants in spring. A good chance to tidy up that plot and get it richly fertilized. Note to self - ram something in the ground to stop the bloody raspberries.
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